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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cell Organelles Pet Peeves

So when you ask a room of 9th grades what they know about the mitochondria there are approximately three responses: blank stares, light snoring, or "the powerhouse of the cell."  Nope, not in my classroom.  When I first started teaching I was ecstatic with that powerhouse answer, and I even did the project where the cell is a city and they have to come up with analogies for organelles as parts of a city ... once.  I didn't feel like they understood what ANY of it meant.  For example, when I asked them "what does a powerhouse do?"  blank stares, more light snoring, and someone trying to get on their phone ... nothing.  So they don't get to say that in my room.  They have to have an answer that has to do with making ATP.  This has officially reached ridiculous levels this past year with my band students including AP Bio and Freshmen Bio students.  It started small and built quickly to the point that it was mentioned in a speech at graduation.  

The other organelle that I fight is the nucleus.  I have two issues.  When I ask "what is the nucleus of a cell?"  I get a few responses: blank stares, light snoring, "the brain" or "it's where the protons and neutrons are."  So after eye-rolling and thoughts of day-drinking (just kidding), I make sure we go over the differences in the nucleus of a cell and the nucleus of an atom.  Then once we are focused on cells the only answer I will accept has to have something to do with containing DNA. I focus on the DNA being instructions for activities, but the nucleus doesn't select for or against activities. The kids don't fight me as much on this one.  

If this is what you teach your kiddos, I don't want you to feel like I am judging you, or creating any negativity, it's mostly about me being so wacko due to teaching freshmen for approximately one million years ... what was I saying?

Do you have any pet peeves or anything you are particular about in your classroom? 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Algebra 1 EOC Review

So this post has been three years in the making!

My school has a 30-minute tutorial class built into our schedule. Students can go to classes as needed and get help or they are assigned tutorials if they fail a grading period. 

As it gets closer to our Texas End of Course Exam, the administration requires that all Algebra 1 students be assigned tutorials to review for the EOC. Over the last three years, I have developed mini-lessons to review big topics. I have designed and redesign each worksheet and I am finally releasing them to the world. 

The Algebra 1 EOC Review Bundle can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. It contains worksheets and keys for the following topics: Domain and Range, Slope, Linear Functions, Linear Inequalities, Direct Variation, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines, Systems of Linear Functions, Systems of Linear Inequalities, Exponential Functions, Quadratic Functions, and Transformations of Functions.

Individual lessons can also be purchased on We Teach High School's TPT page.



You can download a free copy of the Slope worksheet from TPT.


Friday, October 27, 2017

ATP Summary Sheet

This year I created a prettier version of the ATP notes my kiddos usually take.  And I have added it to our TPT store!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cell Transport PowerPoint

I love that this blog and our Teachers Pay Teachers store pushes me to complete projects that I have been slacking on.  Today's example of this is my updated Cell Transport Powerpoint!!!  I have added my own drawings and made this Powerpoint match the Cell Transport Handout I have my kiddos do! 


Both resources are completely editable so you can customize it for your kiddos!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Coolest Teacher to Facist

If you are curious how to go to from your students telling you the 4th week of school that you are their favorite teacher to your students calling you a fascist ... change their seating chart.  I think that class may be a bit dramatic ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cell Transport and Tonicity (Handout and PowerPoint)

This is a graphic organizer I use to help students organize information about Cell Transport and Tonicity.

Cell Transport and Tonicity Handout

This is what mined looked like when finished.

I like both being on one page because it seems to streamline making copies and passing out papers.

I love that it is still a lot of information but the visuals help make it easier to find information and quickly remind themselves what that concept.

*** Update 10/24/17 *** I have added an editable PowerPoint to our TPT store that I use with this handout and I will be adding another handout soon.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Infinite Algebra...oh how I love thee!

Technology has come so far in the thirteen years that I have been a math teacher.

My first few years I was creating everything in Word (oh the humanity). Even with MathType as an extension, it was so tedious.

A few years later, we adopted math curriculum that included Examview.  I used the provided tests and quizzes, but also had the ability to create my own assessments with its built in equation editor and even include graphs!

About five years ago (???) I stumbled upon Kuta Software! Do you hear the angels rejoicing....

They have free worksheets available to download with answer keys.

More importantly our school purchased the software (available from Pre-Algebra up to Calculus) and it has changed my life. It is so easy to create a worksheet/quiz/test and have the ability to recalculate and scramble questions for multiple versions. The software also has a presentation mode that you can display on your projector. I have the students use individual whiteboards to work the problems out then we can go over them as a class.

Check it out...it will change your math teacher life!